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Nike hacked a 3D printer to make its new shoe for elite marathon runners

The Flyprint sneakers are built to ditch water and increase airflow for long runs.
Nike Flyprint

Nike Flyprint

The Nike Flyprint sneaker has an upper that's made using a 3D printer.

Stan Horaczek

When we talk about sneaker technology, the focus typically lands on the soles of the shoes. It’s where sneaker companies go to great lengths to protect the delicate bones in your feet and propel you along with bouncy materials. It’s also where they tend to use 3D printing tech. The Adidas FutureCraft uses a 3D printed sole, and the Under Armour Futurist has a midsole made of 3D printed lattice. Nike’s new Flyprint sneaker, however, puts the focus on

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